An Even Bigger Deal

Friday, May 18th, 2007, 10:13 am

I must’ve gotten one of Amazon’s first copies of Anthony Holden’s Bigger Deal, because I actually finished it more than a week ago. I haven’t read any reviews of it around the blogosphere, which surprises me, and I haven’t written one myself yet, because I’m a lazy sloth (and that probably doesn’t surprise you). Suffice to say you should get a copy and read it post-haste. There’s actually a long section about why writers tend to gravitate toward poker. I felt Holden was speaking to me directly. Though he didn’t mention me by name.

I read Bigger Deal with a sense of dread, because I worried that at some point I could come across a line like “I spent the evening playing poker with a wonderful chap named Brad from PokerStars” and I think I would’ve burst into tears. But I made it through the book without crying. Heh heh heh. I’m sorry, I default to envy.

From Otis, we also learn that Holden, Al Alvarez, Lee Jones, and other big-time writers are now collaborating on…a poker blog. It comes full circle, does it not? Holden and Alvarez inspire scores of writers (myself included) to start blogging about poker, and now, years later, they’re starting a blog of their own. Maybe now I should write a biography of Prince William.

I heartily recommend you subscribe to their new blog, even if it’s sponsored by Stars and I am Professionally Committed to Wiping Them Off the Face of the Earth. The fact that Holden, Alvarez et al are blogging about poker is, if you’ll pardon the expression, a Big Deal. Actually, that’s pretty much unpardonable. Anyway, I’ll write a review of Bigger Deal very soon. And you should read Big Deal and The Biggest Game in Town if you haven’t already. I’m actually re-reading the latter book for about the 15th time just now. Think I’ll get back to it, if you don’t mind.

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